The holidays are fast approaching, and grown-ups everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect kids toys for their little dears. Children’s toys are a bit of a quandary, due to their proliferation in the toy aisles in stores all over the world. The sheer number of toys should, in theory, ensure that it is an easy enough job to find the perfect toy for your child, but it is this particular fact that there are so many toys to choose from, whether they be learning toys, musical toys, creative toys, role-playing toys, and many others, that intimidates most toy shoppers in the first place. For most grown-ups, the most viable option is to just close their eyes, spin in a circle, and buy the toy that catches their eye. However, if you are willing to put a little effort into your toy purchase, a little research can go a long way in helping you to find and buy the top toys on your children’s lists. This way, you know that the toy you are lovingly wrapping up will provide hours of enjoyment for your child, and will not end up tossed and forgotten in a dusty corner of the toy chest.
Here are some tips and tricks in buying the top rated kids toys:
- Do your research. An excellent first step is to get your hands on toy store catalogs, and toy manufacturer catalogs, especially those that feature the latest and hottest toys for the holidays. These are easy enough to find, a simple visit to your friendly neighborhood toy store should do the trick. Make sure to get the latest catalog, as this will ensure that you will get an idea of the newest toys that are highly rated by consumers.
- Go online. Another option is to go online and research on the toys that are making waves with children and parents alike. Some very helpful sites, such as about.com, outline not only the top toys for the year, but also their reviews from consumers and a list of prices so that you can compare sellers and get the best deal. The toy descriptions are very in-depth and exhaustive, and they give you a pretty good idea of what you will be getting for your money.
- Compare, compare, compare. Once you have gotten your fill of information regarding the hottest toys, the next step is to compare the toys and the prices. Find out which toys are most appropriate for your child, based on his or her needs, age, and preferences. Don’t forget to take into consideration your own values and ideas, because it is always best to buy a toy that not only occupies your child’s time, but also actively imparts the values that you wish your child to have and to develop.
- Brick and click. Once you have figured out which toy you would like to purchase, there are several options available to you in terms of purchasing. You can go to a known toy retailer, such as Toys R’ Us, and reserve or pick up your toy of choice. If, for some unfortunate reason, you find that your toy of choice has been bought out, you can try going online to find these toys on online auction sites, such as eBay.
With a little bit of research and a lot of patience, you can get the perfect gift for your little one in no time.